09 Jul Top 5 things to do in Florence
Florence is a fantastic city, located in the north of Italy, which is full to bursting with romance, architecture, museums and incredible food. The capital of Tuscany, it’s almost impossible to get bored, but if you had any doubts, here we bring you the top 5 things to do in Florence:
Get lost in the streets downtown
The historic center of Florence is so special because there is a contrast between the old buildings, which characterize most Italian cities, and those of the more modern stores. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its historic center has everything: impressive monuments, like the ones in Galleria degli Uffizi, religious buildings, architectural structures and exclusive gardens. Pro tip: walking around Florence is much better with a gelato in your hand!
Eat a typical Italian appetizer
You will find that every meal you try is delicious, but appetizers are the best! The Tuscan gastronomy is one of the most rounded and most appreciated in Italy because it is simple, tasty and uses natural ingredients, a real foodies’ paradise. Around Piazza Santo Spirito there are many places that, for the price of a drink, you’ll also receive pizzas pasta and salads.
Enjoy Italian art
This city is full of works of art! From museums to palaces and art galleries, you’ll be surrounded by masterpieces all day long. Some of the best places are: The Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria, residence of the Medici, the most important family in the history of Florence, that now houses a museum with authentic treasures, the Accademia Gallery where the famous David by Michelangelo is exhibited, as well as the Basilica of Santa Croce (inside apart from beautiful stained glass windows, there are the tombs of illustrious figures such as Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Dante or Machiavelli).
Get dazzled by the city from a great height
If you want to have a unique view of the city, you can’t miss Brunelleschi’s dome. Of course, bear in mind that you’ll have to put in some work climbing 463 steps to get there but the views are incredible and absolutely worth it. And after going up 84 meters of stairs, you will get to one of the best views of the city, Campanille de Giotto. Another famous viewpoint is the one of Piazza le Michelangelo. The most famous photos of Florence have been taken there, so be sure to take a few for your Instagram acccount!
Visit other places near Florence
One of the best things to do once you know the city is to go out and explore Tuscany. Take a train and travel to the charming nearby cities of Siena, Pisa, or Arezzo. It’s great if you have a car, but if you don’t want to drive, trains in Italy are excellent and the province is really well connected. In addition, both Pisa and the other cities are small enough to be discovered in a day and without a car you can enjoy a glass of wine on a sunny Italian piazza.
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